BY REV. LON LEWIS - SPIRIT LAKE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
One of my favorite writings of H.G. Wells is an essay he wrote about a mysterious tribe of people he often came into contact with in his life. This tribe had a name: the “Goodness-Sakers.” These are the folks who can see that something needed to be done in their family, or in their community, or in their church, or in their world. And they stand around and wring their hands, and they say:
“For goodness sakes, why doesn’t someone do something about this?”
“For goodness sakes, why doesn’t someone help that person?”
“For goodness sakes, why doesn’t someone volunteer to do that?”
“For goodness sakes, why aren’t people doing anything?”
We have all likely met a “Goodness-Saker” at some point in our lives. Maybe there have been times when we have joined their ranks ourselves. But as children of God, we do need to remember that we are the ones called to do something. We are the ones, as followers of Jesus Christ, who must bear fruit.
Granted, we don’t have all the answers. But we sure can give comfort and support and hope. We may not know why someone is hungry, but we sure can help to feed them. We may not know why someone is cold, but we sure can give them a blanket. We may think there is not much that we can really do; but we would be wrong!
Jesus was adamant about the necessity for each of us to bear fruit for God, regardless of who we are, regardless of where we live, regardless of the nature of our job, or whatever. Because wherever God plants us, that’s where we are called to bloom – and not for as long as we want, but for as long as God wants!
Since Nancy and I, with God’s constant input, made the decision to retire this June to West Des Moines, I have thought a lot about bearing fruit for Jesus and the kingdom. We have lived in Spirit Lake for nine years now. God planted us here in this beautiful area to be part of the wonderful Spirit Lake United Methodist Church family and the whole Lakes Area community family as well.
Hopefully we have been faithful to that and have borne fruit and blossomed here. But now God is calling us and planting us in West Des Moines, where a new journey awaits us and where we will make every effort to grow and blossom and bear fruit there for as long as God wants.
Jesus talked a lot about bearing fruit – blooming where we are planted. Let us be faithful to that and bear wonderful fruit for God, wherever we happen to be living. Blessings to you all. It has been a joy and an honor for us to live among you for these past nine great years!